Casino leaders meet in AC for annual conference

Gambling industry leaders to convene in Atlantic City at turbulent time for industry

Associated Press

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Casino industry leaders in the eastern United States are gathering in Atlantic City for an annual conference amid the fast-changing landscape for legalized gambling.

The East Coast Gaming Congress comes as Atlantic City struggles to reinvent itself as a destination resort, not just a slots mecca for day-trippers.

Internet gambling is now legal in three states, including New Jersey, and the state is also trying to overturn a federal ban on sports betting in most places.

The Wednesday meeting comes a day after Revel, the city's newest casino, exited bankruptcy court, and shortly before Resorts opens its Margaritaville complex. The Jimmy Buffett-themed entertainment and gambling section is expected to help the casino and Atlantic City's overall market.

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